Brandon Crawford San Francisco Giants

Age: 35 (January 21, 1987) | 6' 1" | 223lbs. | Bats: Left SS-135 PH-8
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
SF NL 2018 151 531 63 135 50 122 28 2 14 54 4 5 .254 .325 .394 8 21 .302 44/25/31 13 14
SF NL 2019 147 500 58 114 53 117 24 2 11 59 3 2 .228 .304 .350 9 21 .274 48/23/28 6 7
SF NL 2020 54 172 26 44 15 47 12 0 8 28 1 2 .256 .326 .465 8 24 .303 42/23/35 17 17
SF NL 2021 138 483 79 144 56 105 30 3 24 90 11 3 .298 .373 .522 10 19 .334 40/19/41 32 29
SF NL 2022 63 214 26 48 21 50 8 2 5 30 1 1 .224 .313 .350 9 21 .269 46/15/39 4 4
Career 12yrs 1506 5099 614 1291 490 1139 272 43 135 684 44 34 .253 .322 .403 9 20 .298 n/a
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This is an extension of the talk over at Clint Barmes about UZR, and the availability of plus defenders in the minor leagues. Michael Lichtman says in his UZR Primer:

"Also keep in mind that for most defensive positions, players decline in talent starting in their early to mid-20’s. About the only exception to that is first base, which seems to be more of a skill and learning position, while the other ones are mostly about speed and agility. So almost any player who has been a combined average defender over the last 3 years is likely a below-average defender due to aging. The notion that a player learns how to play defense in the major leagues is largely nonsense. He might learn and improve upon some specific defensive skills, but his overall defensive value is likely already declining by the time he gets to the majors."

Crawford better learn how to hit (I liked what I saw of him on that count in Arizona last month).
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 10 '11
So I understand the whole youth movement thing ... but over the last 3 weeks Crawford has been hitting .132/.193/.170 while Tejada has batted .295/.340/.409.

Unless Crawford is the second coming of Ozzie Smith, and Tejada is now like sticking Jason Giambi at short, I'm not sure how defense can make up for that gap.

Maybe handing a guy who has never cracked .300 OBP above the California League your starting SS job was a bit of a stretch ...
Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jun 25 '11